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Tequila

Tequila is a Mexican spirit, made with the blue agave or “agave tequilana” from where the drink gets its name. Tequila is produced in the area surrounding the city of the same name, and in the Mexican highlands.

Tequila was first produced in the 1500s, near what is now the city of Tequila. The agave plant had been used in the preparation of alcoholic drinks for centuries; in fact the Aztecs had made a fermented drink from it called octli. In around 1600, the Marquis of Altamira, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, first mass produced tequilas in a factory he founded in Jalisco.

The agave plant is still harvested by hand, by workers called "jimadores" They work carefully to harvest the small Agave offspring without damaging the parent plant. The exact time of the harvest is very important, because if the agave plants are gathered too early in the season, the natural sugars will have yet to develop, and if it is gathered too late, the natural sugars will have already been used up by the plant.

The agave plants are then shredded and pressed and the juices are fermented in vats. More traditional companies still crush the plants with an old-fashioned stone wheel.

The fermented juices are distilled, usually twice, though sometimes three times. Tequila is often barrel aged, and this helps develop the flavours and aromas of the drink.

Tequila XQ Blanco

70cl, 40%
Hacienda de Oro

An unaged, 100% blue agave tequila from the Tequila XQ brand, presented in a particularly funky bottle. This Blanco expression is bright with agave, fruit and subtle white pepper notes. Please…  More info

Tequila XQ Blanco
$38.91

Ocho Extra Añejo El Carrizal 2009 Harvest

70cl, 40%
Ocho

El Carrizal is a single estate tequila from Ocho. It was made from agave plants harvested at Rancho La Carrizal and was aged in oak for more than three years before bottling. Very good indeed.  More info

Ocho Extra Añejo El Carrizal 2009 Harvest
$101.24

Arette Añejo

70cl, 38%
Arette

Simply a marvellous tequila, full to the brim with fruity agave and vanilla spiced. Arette Añejo, spends 14 to 18 months resting in American white oak barrels before it's bottled.  More info

Arette Añejo
$40.74

Villa Lobos Blanco

70cl, 40%
Villa Lobos

The entry level tequila from the Villa Lobos range, which was created by Master Distiller Carlos Camarena. This Blanco tequila spends at least 6 months resting in steel tanks before it's bottled - a…  More info

Villa Lobos Blanco
$40.68

Casa Noble Blanco

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

This is Casa Noble's Blanco tequila, bottled at 40% ABV. Well received by tequila fans, Casa Noble Blanco shows off plenty of earthy, roasted agave notes on the nose and palate.  More info

Casa Noble Blanco
$48.30

Excellia Añejo

70cl, 40%
Excellia Tequila

The Excellia range of tequila comes to us from two sets of very carefully and talented hands, those of Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, who was a brand creator and producer of G'Vine Gin, and Carlos…  More info

Excellia Añejo
1
$57.36

AquaRiva Reposado

70cl, 38%
AquaRiva

Produced by the AquaRiva company, this is a stunning Reposado Tequila. It is made with pure spring water and 100% Blue Weber Agave plants sourced from the Mexican Jalisco Highlands.  More info

AquaRiva Reposado
$29.93

Villa Lobos Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
Villa Lobos

At the top of the Villa Lobos range sits their Extra Añejo tequila, which spends at least 4 years ageing in oak barrels after spending at least 6 months resting in open steel tanks. This process…  More info

Villa Lobos Extra Añejo
$45.40

Sierra Antiguo Añejo Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destilerias Sierra

Añejo tequila from the Sierra Antiguo range, which is made using 100% blue agave and matured for 26 months in oak casks, which has imparted colour, character and complexity to the vibrant spirits. A…  More info

Sierra Antiguo Añejo Tequila
$38.62

Sierra Milenario Tequila Reposado

70cl, 41.50%
Destilerias Sierra

The reposado expression from Sierra's Milenario range is a 100% agave tequila which spends up to nine months maturing in oak casks before being bottled at 41.5% ABV. Notes of creamy vanilla and…  More info

Sierra Milenario Tequila Reposado
$76.05

Don Julio Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Julio

Smooth and balanced reposado tequila from Don Julio, aged for just under a year in bourbon barrels.  More info

Don Julio Reposado Tequila
3
$50.28

Cazadores Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Cazadores

Cazadores Reposado is made with hand selected agaves, which are between 10 and 12 years of age at the time of picking, grown in the Loa Altos region in Jalisco. Aged in Kentucky oak barrels.  More info

Cazadores Reposado Tequila
$47.06

Gran Centenario Anejo

70cl, 38%
Gran Centenario

A beautiful añejo from Gran Centenario made with 100% Blue Agave. It is aged for 18 months in American oak barrels.  More info

Gran Centenario Anejo
1
$51.18

Corralejo Blanco

70cl, 38%
Tequila Corralejo

Unaged tequila from Corralejo in Mexico. Bottled after it has come from their copper pot still, this Blanco is referred to as "The Truth" by Don Leonardo, founder of Corralejo as it truly captures…  More info

Corralejo Blanco
$43.32

Olmeca Altos Reposado

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

An award winning Reposado, including a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Plus, let's face it, the bottle is pretty spiffy!  More info

Olmeca Altos Reposado
$41.14

Casamigos Blanco Tequila

70cl, 40%
Casamigos

Casamigos Blanco is a light, refreshing tequila, made with 100% agave, which ripples with notes of freshly chopped herbs (think mint leaves), vanilla and subtle agave. The Casamigos brand is the…  More info

Casamigos Blanco Tequila
$58.51

El Jimador Añejo

70cl, 38%
El Jimador

An Añejo tequila from bestselling Mexican brand El Jimador, this is aged for a year in toasted white oak barrels. It offers sweet vanilla and toffee flavours with plenty of spice. Delicious!  More info

El Jimador Añejo
$30.74

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

This is a premium 100% blue agave silver Tequila from 1800.  More info

1800 Silver Tequila
$35.37

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold

70cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

Produced by the famous Jose Cuervo company, Especial Gold is a blend of reposado and unaged blanco Tequilas. It's a perfect choice for making Margarita cocktails, and has a mild agave flavour.  More info

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold
4
$23.24

Sierra Tequila Silver

70cl, 38%
Destilerias Sierra

A well-loved tequila brand, Sierra Tequila is just the ticket for Margaritas and other classic tequila serves. It even comes with its own tiny sombrero.  More info

Sierra Tequila Silver
$22.91

Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)

50cl, 38%
Jose Cuervo

A less well known tequila from Cuervo, Tradicional is a reposado, matured in white oak barrels.  More info

Jose Cuervo Tradicional (50cl)
2
$24.32

Montezuma White Tequila

70cl, 38%
Montezuma

Produced by the Montezuma company, this is a Blanco Tequila with a crisp tangy palate. It's great value for money and will work very nicely in cocktails.  More info

Montezuma White Tequila
1
$19.28

Patrón Añejo

70cl, 40%
Patrón

An aged tequila from perhaps the best-known quality producer in Mexico. The bottle itself is a hand-made piece of art, but the contents are truly sublime.  More info

Patrón Añejo
5
$60.05

Maracame Plata Tequila

70cl, 38%
Maracame

Silver artisan Tequila made in Los Altos, featuring delicate, exotic notes of coconut and mango with classic peppery hints. The name, Maracame, is inspired by the ancient wizard or shaman of the…  More info

Maracame Plata Tequila
$56.20

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila

70cl, 38%
Sauza

A clean, fresh-tasting silver tequila from Sauza's premium Tres Generaciones range. This is 100% blue agave, triple distilled and very well balanced.  More info

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila
1
$57.83

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